Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Sprocket's Lessons

Sprocket has been a part of our lives for almost two years now, and in that time he has taught us a lot:

1. Life is all about play. No matter what things you think must be attended to, nothing is more important in the moment than play, so drop whatever it is you are doing and play; you'll feel so much better for doing it.

2. Walks are not just for walking. Every morning Sprocket and I go for a walk. In the beginning, I mistakenly thought walks were just that...walking. Over time, Sprocket has taught me that walks are really for exploring, discovering, smelling, listening, enjoying, and - most important of all - peeing on everything. ;)

3. Naps matter. Good, quality naps are a necessity. After the walks and the play, it is mandatory that you find just the right spot - be it the grass in front of the shed, the deck just outside the patio door, the ceramic tile entryway when it's hot ('cuz the tile's always cold), the little lambskin dogbed tucked in the corner by the front door, or the pillows on the bed - and get really comfortable (on your back with your belly up seems to be the most comfy) and sleep. Snoring is optional.

4. Unconditional love is truly heaven. Even when Sprocket has done something naughty and been disciplined for it, he still loves unconditionally. He holds no grudges, ever. And that, my friends, is the best lesson of all.

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